The Pretoria High Court on Wednesday will hear an urgent application by AfriForum challenging the Department of Basic Education (DBE)’s decision for all the country’s grade 12s to rewrite two exam papers. The mathematics paper 2 and Physical Science paper 2, was leaked, prompting the Department of Basic Education to schedule a rewrite for all matriculants.
Last week, Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga made the unprecedented announcement that matrics across the country will have to sit again for the Maths Paper 2 and Physical Science Paper 2 next week. AfriForum confirmed that it was heading to court to fight for the rights of matriculants who were being punished for a few hundred who cheated on a National Certificate Exam.
Afriforum is demanding that the department reverse its decision of a national rewrite of the two leaked exam papers. Speaking on behalf of Afriforum, Kallie Kriel said there were other ways to deal with the matter other than using a blanket approach.
“Of course, we agree with the department that the credibility of the exam is important. But you cannot use a blunt instrument by penalising 400,000 students.”
AfriForum has not been the only group against the national rewrite, the South African Democratic Teachers Union has indicated it will also be approaching the courts on the matter. Meanwhile Grade 12’s across the country is studying hard for the rewrite, some hoping to get another chance at a good result.